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Monica Miller Walsh Internship Grants

Monica Miller Walsh Awards of up to $7,000 are available to Stanford undergraduate students interested in completing an independent internship in Latin America. First-generation college students and students with demonstrated financial need are encourage to apply.

Eligibility

  • Preference is given to students whose minor is in Global Studies with a concentration in Latin America and to students who have previously enrolled in at least one Latin American Studies content course. 
  • First-generation college students and students with demonstrated financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Stanford strongly recommends the Covid-19 vaccinations for students. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit International Affairs Health Advisories for the most current travel guidance and restrictions for international travel.
  • Travel Reservations : All interns are strongly encouraged to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking airfare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
  • Students must be undergraduates in good standing at Stanford with well-defined internship proposals with an organization in Latin America.
  • Students are eligible to receive funding only if they will be enrolling as undergraduates (preferred) or co-terminal students at Stanford campus for at least one quarter after returning from abroad.
  • Internships duration must be at least eight weeks.
  • Preference will be given to proposals for internships arranged independently and directly with a foreign-based organization, rather than through a large international internship company.
  • Students on LOA will not be eligible.
  • International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or traveling out of the U.S. in the summer.
  • To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.
  • Violations of Global Studies Internship Program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. The Global Studies Internship Program reserves the right to rescind funding at any given point and time should they be apprised of any policy violations as outlined above.

Language Prerequisites

Working knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese is required.

Application Process

Please read the complete Requirements and Application Process here.

Application deadline: February 5, 2024

Please contact us at clasevents [at] stanford.edu (subject: Summer%20Internship%20Grants%20Program) (clasevents[at]stanford[dot]edu) with further questions.

Note: This funding is not for independent research projects. For a project that is strictly research-oriented and does not involve meeting the needs of an organization or business in Latin America, students are encouraged to apply for funding through Undergraduate Research Programs.

Grant Reporting Responsibilities

The grant recipient must attend an orientation meeting before traveling abroad, complete a short report (2-3 pages) midway through their experience abroad, complete a final narrative report (5-7 pages) and final financial report (1-2 pages) after returning to the United States, and participate in a public presentation regarding their internship.

Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee of faculty members affiliated with the Center for Latin American Studies.

This program is partially funded by the Monica Miller Walsh Undergraduate Summer Internship Fund, Stanford Global Studies Internship Fund,  Haas Center's Cardinal Course Fellowship, and generous donations of CLAS' individual supporters.

Monica Miller Walsh Grant Recipients, 2019-20

Sierra Wells

Sierra F. Wells

"Working as a virtual intern this summer with the legal team of la Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz, I was able to gain in-depth knowledge of both transitional justice and human rights defense in Colombia. I researched paramilitary connections to the country's political and economic sectors and helped organize and summarize documents from a case on forced displacement of Afro-Colombian populations. One highlight of my time with Justicia y Paz was attending a virtual hearing with the JEP (a transitional justice mechanism) on measures enacted to protect indigenous and Afro-descendant communities, in which the legal team presented some of my work from the preceding weeks. My experience this summer was hugely helpful in improving my professional Spanish and furthering my knowledge of political and social issues prominent in the Colombian post-conflict setting."

Xochitl Longstaff

"One of the highlights of my summer internship with Al Otro Lado was our Monday Morning Speaker Series. It was amazing to hear from dedicated activists from many different organizations—Cultura Migrante, the Haitian Bridge Alliance, ALMA Migrante, etc.—and learn more about the important work that they are doing to support migrants. Doing this work remotely in the context of the pandemic, it was inspiring and motivating to be reminded of all the allies we had working around the world."

Kelsey Hope Carido

Kelsey Hope Carido

"A highlight of the experience was having the opportunity to learn about the various work that Cristosal is doing to advance human rights in Central America. I was able to hear from the Executive Director of the organization, learning about why he chose to dedicate himself to this cause. I also had a conversation with David Morales, the lead lawyer in the El Mozote trial which is fighting to provide reparations to the victims of the El Mozote massacre during the El Salvador civil war. Both conversations and a multitude of others strengthened my passion to go into the human rights field."